My Basement Floor drain is Backing Up. Now What?

May 13 2020

Having a pool in your backyard is fun and exciting. But finding one in your basement can trigger a very different response.

Standing water in your basement can be a cause for alarm. Unfortunately, this response is usually warranted, as a basement floor drain backing up is typically a sign of larger issues within your plumbing system.

My Basement Floor drain is Backing Up

What to do is your basement floor drain is backing up

First and foremost, it’s important to try to find the root of the issue. Clogged drain lines and flooded floor drains often go hand in hand, as water backs up at the lowest level of your plumbing system when it doesn’t have anywhere else to go.

If your main line or sewer line is clogged, you will find yourself dealing with the unpleasant experience of backups in your basement (or, if you don’t have a basement, in the floor drains of your lower level showers and tubs). 

What causes sewer line clogs?

The most common reason for this is a clog in your sewer line, or damage to the pipes. Sewer lines typically last 50-100 years, depending on the type of pipe and how it was installed. However, despite their average longevity, your sewer line is a common spot for trouble. Cracks and holes in the line, collapsed pipes, blockages from hair, food waste, or foreign objects, or tree root infiltration can all occur, leading to relatively quick backups of wastewater in your home. 

Sewer line inspection and repair in Oahu, Maui, and Island of Hawaii

To determine the cause of your basement floor drain backup, we recommend giving a professional plumber a call. Here at Emergency Plumbing & Solar, we utilize the latest technologies to find the problem and fix it fast, allowing for your plumbing to continue running smoothly. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (808) 691-9309.